For second-year undergraduates, the school year ends with museum and archival field training. Students majoring at our Department receive it at various museums and archival institutions both in Kharkiv and in other cities around Ukraine. It is a matter of policy for the Department to offer our students opportunities to experience the diversity of historical and cultural traditions that have evolved over the centuries in different parts of the country. Out-of-town field sessions are part of that policy. Since the 1990s, the Department of Historiography, Source Studies, and Archaeology is the only one practicing this form of field training. Over the years, groups of our students have traveled to Kyiv, Kamyanets-Podilsky, Chernivtsi, Poltava, Chernihiv, Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky, and other cities.
Since the courses in “Museum Studies” and “Archival Studies” are offered by our Department, we have always led the Faculty of History in the preparation and management of this component of the undergraduate field training, developing practice guides for students, individual plans, report forms, and other necessary paperwork.
During their field practicums, the Department’s students experience the diverse functions and responsibilities that work at museums and archives involves, get to know a variety of museum and archival collections, and learn the rules and specifics of working with collections and creating displays and expositions. They are introduced to the historical, memorial, and artistic heritage preserved in museum collections of various types. Students are also trained in the methods and techniques of working with the general public, giving guided tours, etc.